Breathtaking Views in the City

Mid-century architecture and beauty blend in this rustic S.F. design by Ward Thomas
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A rarity in San Francisco, this rustic two-story mid-century modern, designed by architect Ward Thomas, embraces the outdoors with walls of glass that showcase classic indoor/outdoor architectural concepts. It's now for sale. All photographs by Brian Blair

Location, location, location!

Imagine waking up each morning in San Francisco to a panorama that takes in stunning sights of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and Twin Peaks.

Sited high above Golden Gate Heights on the City's west side, this unrestored mid-century modern home, a rarity in San Francisco, embraces the outdoors with walls of glass that showcase classic indoor/outdoor architectural concepts.

Located at 1 Cascade Walk and listed for $2,900,000, the two-story residence was designed in 1957 by Ward Thomas, an architect and former planner for the City of San Francisco.

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Born in the City in 1912, Thomas attended local Lowell High School before graduating in 1935 from the University of California at Berkeley.

Starting out as a draftsman, Thomas quickly made his way through the ranks, becoming an associate architect for the Farm Security Administration in 1941-'42. He established his own firm in 1948 with offices on Kearny Street in downtown San Francisco.

In addition to the listing at Cascade Walk, the architect designed commercial and residential projects that included the 1955 Richard Price residence in Atherton, a California Savings and Loan bank built in San Francisco in 1956, the Dominican College dormitories at Pennafort Hall in San Rafael in 1959, and tract homes for Stern & Price.

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"Since there are so many wonderful details in this home, we polished and staged it, but not to overwhelm," says listing agent Mia Takami of the Mia Takami Real Estate Group.

The listing invites us to dream of the sumptuous amenities near Cascade Walk: "A relaxing stroll may lead you to Moraga mosaic stairway on 16th Avenue, where you can stroll through Grandview Park," placing the home in close proximity to UC San Francisco, Golden Gate Heights Park, and five miles of hiking and biking trails in the Mount Sutro Open Preserve.

A sloping driveway leads to a two-car garage with additional storage behind. A series of stairways lead up to the 2,330-square-foot house, which sits on a spacious, double corner lot.

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